Dial M for Murder
Dial M for Murder (1954)

Based on the popular mystery play by Frederick Knott, Dial M For Murder is more talky and stagebound than most Hitchcock films, but no less enjoyable. British tennis pro Ray Milland suspects that his wealthy wife Grace Kelly is fooling… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 29, 1954
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dial M for Murder may be slightly off-peak Hitchcock, but by any other standard, it's a sophisticated, chillingly sinister thriller -- and one that boasts an unforgettable performance from Grace Kelly to boot.

TIME Magazine

The fun of Dial M lies in its duel of wits...

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The screenplay tends to constrain rather than liberate Hitchcock's thematic thrust, but there is much of technical value in his geometric survey of the scene and the elaborate strategies employed to transfer audience sympathy among the main characters.

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David Keyes

The movie is worth seeing even now, if for no other aim than to show a man ambitiously experimenting with the devious facets that would inspire greater films.

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B. Kite
Village Voice

Dial M is less a filmed play than a highly cinematic investigation of theatricality.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It all moves along in a rather efficient if lifeless fashion, with only John Williams shining as a canny police detective.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

An exercise made by an enormously talented constructor of thrillers in the most fertile period of his career.

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Variety Staff

Dial M remains more of a filmed play than a motion picture, unfortunately revealed as a conversation piece about murder which talks up much more suspense than it actually delivers.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

[Hitchcock] tried once before, in Rope, to build up a whole continuous drama in one set. He wasn't as successful in that venture. Dial M has all the space it needs.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

The risk with clever thrillers is always that they will focus on pleasing the intellect at the expense of developing more depth. Dial M For Murder is a different kind of animal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
John Williams and Grace Kelly are surely great, but Ray Milland is fantastic in this sophisticated and intellectually stimulating thriller that fascinates with… More
Red Lats
I find it difficult to gush over these older movies. Sure there is a battle of wits between the Inspector and the husband. But the audience knows who did it… More
Nicki Marie
Very slow to start, really found myself quite bored. Picks up a little with the "murder", but still wouldn't call it riveting viewing. Though… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Pure edge of seat entertainment. The suspense doesn't stop.
Daniel Perry
Based on a play, so it comes with limitations, but slow and too talky, overall. Not Hitchcock's best work. And while conceptually, I like that the whole… More
Jim Hunter
A husband blackmails an old college buddy into murdering his wife. I think if I hadn't seen <i>A Perfect Murder</i> fourteen years ago, I would… More

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